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Supreme Court to hear Babri Masjid title dispute case Friday

The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul.

Babri Masjid title suit SC hearing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will on Friday hear the Babri Masjid title case, also famous as Ram Janambhoomi Ayodhya dispute. The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul.

The court is likely to decide Friday if the matter will be heard by a bench of two judges or three judges.

The apex court on Oct. 29, 2018 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before an “appropriate bench”, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

“We will fix the date of hearing of Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in January,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said making it clear that there will not be any urgent hearing in the case.

The Lok Sabha elections are likely to be held in April, 2019. A number of political parties, including the ruling BJP, are of the view that the hearing in the case should be held only after the elections. The apex court however turned down all these pleas.

Upset by the apex court’s refusal RSS and other Hindutva extremist groups have demanded from the union government to bring in a law to construct Ram temple on the Babri Masjid site.

The historic mosque believed to be built by Mir Baqi, one of the commanders of Mughal Emperor Babur, was thrown into a controversy as a result of India’s communal politics. It was at last demolished in broad daylight on December 06, 1992 by Hindu extremists in the presence of top RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing groups’ top leadership.

Following a lenghty judicial battle, the Allahabad High Court had in a verdict pronounced in 2010 equally divided the 2.77 acres of land between Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. Hindus and Muslims however have both challenged the HC verdict in the Supreme Court hearing of which will start from today.

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